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Chili Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

2 tbsp Chili Powder

5 tsp Paprika

4 tsp Cumin

3 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/4 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a jar on your panty shelf.

Use 3 T of mix per batch of chili, adjusting more or less to your tastes.

Olive Garden Breadsticks Clone

About This Recipe

“Got this from a copycat website it is the closest thing I have found so far. Very tasty. The rising time is included in cooking time.” And it’s pretty darn close!

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • garlic powder


  1. In your stand mixer or bread machine mix 4 cups flour, 1 1/3 cup water, 4 tsp butter, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp yeast.
  2. Divide it into 16 peices.
  3. Cover and let rise until doubled about 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Melt remaining 2 tsp butter in a bowl and thinly brush the breadsticks once.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Brush with butter again and top with garlic powder to your liking.

Worlds’ BEST Meatballs

2 lbs of lean ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely crushed Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs

Mix all the ingredients together (preferably with your hands) until all are combined. Shape into ping pong ball sized meatballs. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. This makes about 50 meatballs and if you don’t use them all in your sauce you can freeze them in a zipper baggie and take out as many as you need.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

    3 cans or jars of your favorite cheap spaghetti sauce
    2 cans diced tomatoes
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    3 Tablespoons chopped garlic
    1 can tomato sauce
    1 can tomato paste
    dash or two of hot sauce
    1/2 cup Italian seasoning
    sugar to taste  (We like a sweet sauce and use 1/2 to 3/4 cup of s, brown ugar)
    2 lbs. cooked ground beef or the Worlds BEST meatballs.

Mix the sauce ingredients together and put into your slow cooker in the morning. Add cooked group beef or meatballs or a mixture of both.  Let it simmer all day on low until you’re ready to serve over the noodle of your choice. And garlic bread. You have to have garlic bread! Or try it with the Olive Garden Breadstick Clone!

Cinnabon Clone


1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45degrees C)2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup margarine, melted
4 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast

1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon1/3 cup butter, softened
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese,
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt


1.Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press Start.
2.After the dough has doubled in size turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, cover and let rest for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
3.Roll dough into a 16×21 inch rectangle. Spread dough with 1/3 cup butter and sprinkle evenly with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Roll up dough and cut into 12 rolls. Place rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
4.Bake rolls in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes. While rolls are baking, beat together cream cheese, 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Spread frosting on warm rolls before serving

40 Minute Hamburger Buns

These fluffy yet hearty buns are just right for their big appetites. I also serve the buns plain with a meal.

12 Servings

Prep: 20 min. + resting Bake: 10 min.


  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let
  • stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a
  • soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into
  • a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes
  • or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
  • Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutrition Facts:

 1 serving (1 each) equals 195 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 204 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

© Taste of Home 2012

Italian Seasoning Mix

Make a little or make a lot!

Italian Seasoning Mix

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cuisine Seasoning Mixes
Servings 10
Calories 10 kcal


  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp dried marjoram
  • 2 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried sage


  • Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with a spoon or wire whisk until well blended. Store in a pint jar with a plastic lid in your pantry.